Most athletes notice that their recovery time after training becomes longer. This relates to enzymes. As we age, our body’s ability to synthesize enzymes decreases by 8-10 percent each decade past puberty. The decrease in fibrinolytic enzymes allows more fibrin to accrue throughout our body with time. Not only do we lose our ability to synthesize fibrinolytic enzymes, but we also lose our ability to create all other enzymes, including digestive enzymes.

Digestive enzymes ensure that all our nutrients- proteins, carbohydrates, essential fats, vitamins and more are utilized to repair damaged tissue from a workout. Concurrently, levels of a protein called Hyalauronic Acid, which provides hydration, lubrication, and protection for our joints decreases with strenuous activity and age. Younger people have optimum levels of enzymes and Hyalauronic Acid, which enables them to endure greater range of motion, speed, and shock absorption in their joints than older people. Muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and bone repair all suffer due to inadequate nutritional support, as does the human body.